The previous assessor, Bill Postmus, resigned shortly after being arrested in January on suspicion of drug violations, and an on-going investigation by the district attorney pertaining to misusing public resources.
When asked to comment on Postmus’s resignation, Draeger stated, “There is an on-going investigation of Postmus.”
While Supervisor Neil Derry was unavailable for comment, Chief of Staff George Watson said, “[Supervisor Derry] worked for Dennis for at least two years and found him to be an ethical and hard working man.”
Dennis has done an excellent job. It is important to have consistency.”
Draeger worked in the treasurer-tax collectors department for 10 years, making him a 34-year county employee. Draeger also said that he was on the Calimesa City Council for eight years prior to working for San Bernardino County.
“My job is to make sure the office is running properly,” said Draeger.
“I look forward to the challenge. I’ve worked in the assessor’s office for 24 years.”